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February 8, 2012

Delayed response jeopardises lives of 4.8 million flood-hit people in Sindh


February 8, 2012

HYDERABAD: The delayed response and intervention from the government in early framework for the rehabilitation of rain-flood affected people jeopardised the lives of 4.8 million, including 2.4 million children and 1.2 million women. Talking to journalists at a press conference held at the local press club on Tuesday, members of the People Accountability Commission on Floods (PACF) said this while presenting the Civil Society Floods Situation Report (CSFR).
The members included Ramzan Memon, Punhial Sahrio, Ismal Khamnbur, Jabbar Bhatti, Saleem Abbasi and Rafiq Chana. They said that the PACF released its 12th report of People Accountability Commission on Floods (PACF ) which revealed that it was an alarming situation that the government and international relief funding humanitarian agencies have failed in meeting the targets in basic sectors, i.e. providing shelter, education, health, food security and cash support to rain-flood hit areas people in rain-hit districts of Sindh.
They said that mega flood 2010 and rain in 2011 badly affected the livelihoods of the people of Sindh and large numbers of flood-hit and rain-hit people are sufferings, were deprived of health, education, housing facilities and further delayed in early response work increased their hardships and miseries.
They said that quality of life of people was badly affected due to flood calamites, both provincial and federal governments could not allocate proper funds for rehabilitation of flood victims and even the government could not utilise the funds properly which were allocated for the rehabilitation of flood victims in different sectors.
The reliance of the flood-affected people for the relief and recovery support from the government and external humanitarian world increased in proportion of decrease in resilience situation, the members of the PACF added.
The agriculture sector that provided work to a large part of the society has been damaged, making difficult for common men to

earn substance with dignity, they said.
They briefed about the funding response and said that on September 17, the government had submitted a flash appeal requesting the humanitarian world for $356.76 million to respond to the emergency relief services against the rain-floods 2011. In response, the government could achieve $162.348 million funding, 46 percent of the required amount.
They said that the government had stopped relief services on December 31, 2011 and residual relief would be continuing till March 17 due to the some relief projects deadline of six months. They said that it was decided by the government to intervene in early recovery framework from January 2012 to September to restore and rehabilitate the damages occurred during the rain-floods 2011.The period of the nine months have been suggested by the government to respond in the ERF, which has not started yet.
They recommended that the government should extend the Early Recovery Framework (ERF) Period for three months more. They strongly advocated that community participation through shelter committees may be assured to repair and reconstruct their destroyed and damaged houses for sake of transparency and self sustainability.
They emphasised that there was a need for full speed resumption of primary health-care services in flood affected rural areas where people have returned to their homes. More than 75 per cent households in flood-affected areas reportedly require continuous medical support. Some 928,000 children need to be screened. They suggested that the government should increase the budget in health sector, saying that in health sector fund in revised appeal had been allocated 12 per cent which is not sufficient.

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